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Butterfly Weed

Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a showy perennial with bright clusters of orange and yellow blooms. It is native to the prairies and hillsides of the American South and flourishes in dry environments. Incorporate these bright hues into your summer garden or window box to add a pop of color and texture.

So, where does it get the name Butterfly Weed? This plant is vital for the life of the Monarch butterfly, in fact, it's the only plant that the Monarch butterfly utilizes in its larval stage. It is also useful to other pollinators as a nectar source when in bloom. The orange flower clusters are pollinator magnets.

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  • Soil should be kept moist until buds begin to show
  • After blooming Butterfly Weed prefers dry soil 
  • Trim growth in the spring to keep the plant healthy
  • Full sun and drought-tolerant
  • Deer resistant